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    September 11, 2010
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in the news this saturday morning a look at devastated neighborhood in san bruno where it exploded neighborhood for dozens of families. dozens of peopleremain evacuated. we are learning that two state senators are planning an investigation. state senators from san francisco is one of them. >> i'm meteorologist kristine hanson. we'll check out the weekend forecast and also the warming trend that continues. >> let's get back to the devastation in san bruno and start with the latest information. there are four confirmed fatalities from the fire. dog teams will conduct another search of the victims.
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neighborhood is still considered a hazardous area. they may let people back possibly as soon as today. the acting governor will announce a message within hours. you have pictures inside the area. >> we do. the state of california as well as the city of san bruno moving the disaster into a recovery phase. with that president obama sending the message to the citizens there affected by the fire he will expedite funding and federal help to the people that need it. this is upclose look of the aftermath. this is the site where 48 hours
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ago a natural gas line ex had uploaded under ground. the power of the explosion, 38 homes were lost and four people were confirmed dead. they still have to go through a few more homes, some 25% of the homes are left to lack for more victims. they will hold pa press conference. focus is to talk about the recovery phase in san bruno and how the federal government, city and state governmental will be able toied the many families that just lost so much in this devastation. pg&e admitting that the gas line. >> the community of san bruno needs answers, the people of california needs answers. we need to know why this happened and we need to know how
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this happened. >> acting governor vowing to the people of california in san bruno she will get to the bottom of what happened and why this gas line exploded. also many families still waiting to get back into their homes to assess the damages. the city manager saying it is possible there is no gaw that some people may get back in their homes later today. and very important note, there will be a town meeting at 2:00 this afternoon. it will be the st. roberts catholic church on crystal springs road to give the community an opportunity to get together and get answers. the san mateo coroner's
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office have released the names of three people that with killed. 44-year-old jackson grig and 14-year-old genessa grig and other is jessica morales. the name of the fourth victim has not been officially released but the state warden says that the body of an 80-year-old grandmother was found. >> we checked red cross online, the hospitals, told them all. >> did you talk the fire department? >> i talked to five different police officers. >> two aunts and uncles were in the house made it out alive. 3500 evacuees are anxious to get back to their neighborhood.
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the neighbor was reduced to rubble. you see the before and after image. disaster officials say it's too dangerous to let everybody back in. amy hollyfield has more on that. >> roadblocks kept people from getting answers they so desperately wanted. >> all my daughter swants her blanket. >> the chp officer says there were upset people and one man threatened him. >> they don't have the things they need. we understand. >> she wanted to know if her house was still standing. >> i understand, it's for safety. >> while people waited there was plenty of support from the community. church of the highlands held a
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prayer service, the high school held another meeting. six students lost their homes. including the sophomore who was feeling overwhelmed. >> at the same time, i don't know. leak i want everything to be over. >> she was home when the explosion happened. they literally ran for their lives. >> the house next to us was in flames. it was like a volcano erupted and there was a huge plume of fire and smoke and the air was so hot. our backyard was on fire, we couldn't get to the car because it was so hot. >> their house and cat are gone.
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the they came here to the rec center and pg&e representatives who gave them thousand dollars and a voucher for a rental car. >> pg&e has made a one million dollar contribution to assist charity groups. wells fargo has given $50,000 to the red cross. if you want to help out. 1-888-443-5772. salvation army is also accepting contributions, too. they have several drop-off sites. find all this information on our website at www.abc7.com. click on see it on tv. we have extensive coverage the fire. a responsible to the disaster from veteran fighters who say
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helpful hand. >> the fire chief says given a considered the extent of the blaze he isn't sure whether a swifter response would have made a difference. >> authorities say the next priority will be able to make the neighborhood enough. vic lee talked with one survivor. >> walter mccaffrey showed me his images he shot before he decided to run. the explosion happened blocks from his home. houses across the street were already burning. >> it was a boom and i fell to the ground and looked throughout the window. >> me kept shooting as he looked for his dog. >> i couldn't open the sliding door because it was so hot and i could see the paint from the
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deck bubbling. >> he is a navy reservist who has been to afghanistan. >> we had mortar attacks but there was nothing i could see that could compare to this explosion. >> they quickly drove to safety. >> i called for my date and i said the windows were going to zbluvt whether we met marnlt, she was filling out forms that she and her family was okay but she barely made it out of her home. >> you felt this heat and you could see the flames coming out over the house. i can't describe the noise. >> she was eager to see if her home was still standing. her husband thinks he got a look at it using binoculars.
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>> we are looking for friends and neighbors. >> are you afraid they may be gone? >> i don't know yet. >> as they say, sometimes things just happen. >> kristine hanson takes a look at our forecast. >> it is most interesting forecast. i think you're going to like it. let's go outside and we have a great picture, look at the sky, not a cloud in the sky. cloud cover in the coast. we're going to see a nice warm day. we'll run the numbers. >> it's also 9/11 the ninth anniversary of the terror attacks.
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michelle obama and laura bush is in pennsylvania where a plane went down. for the past years ground zero has been the site of a protest over a proposed mosque. >> not a lot of words for terry jones as he arrived in new york city after a week of circus atmosphere in gains, florida. >> there be no quran burning tomorrow. do we have to repeat that over and over again. >> he is still calling for a meeting and to discuss the construction of the islamic center. >> we have not heard from the
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imam. >> the imam says there is no meeting planned but he is open to seeing anyone seriously committed for peace. the islamic center is the focus of dueling demonstrations today. >> my sob is dead, he was murdered by muslims. i think the american way, let our voices be heard. >> and once again the president weighed in using his most forceful language yet. >> we've got millions of muslim americans in this country. if we start asking their vandalizing offensive, what are we saying to them? >> part of honoring the service is making sure they understand that we don't differentiate between them and us.
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it's just us. >> the attorney for an oakland woman being held in iran, he is still optimistic she will be released soon. iran says she must stan trial first. she and two friends were arrested two years ago. the lawyer says because the case has turned into a political and diplomatic issue she still could be released soon. christine is back with a look at the forecast and strange week coming up. >> we're not out of the summer season with labor day, but typically we can still see hot temperatures. right now we saw one yesterday. >> we're going to keep it around. >> here is a look.
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berkeley hills camera in high definition, you can see it across the bay. see a little bit of cloud cover along the coast. not extending inland. it's starting to warm in the 50s to 60s. this is along the embarcadero. it's pretty quiet out there. our readings will climb into the 70s for the midafternoon. nice, light northwest winds, a temperature of 57 right now in downtown san francisco, 62 and menlo park coming in at 51 and 51 in mountain view. in san jose a little bit of an ining is version. 46 half moon bay and novato still staying around 40 and beautiful weather in the wine country, 60 in antioch at this hour.
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a few clouds, nice and warm for the afternoon. but returning to the area a little bit thicker tomorrow morning, more extensive tomorrow night into early monday. then our temperatures will come down inland and pop up back mid-week. storm track well to the north of us but a lot of cold air embedded in this system. this will graze northern over the next 48 hours. as you can see there is a good change starting to happen out here that will carry on and talking rain and snow maybe by next week. the fog has cleared away for the most part, but this is how it looked earlier this morning. we're off to a warm day. in the south bay, 86 in san jose
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81 up the peninsula, san mateo, 83. and 75, 66 in stinson beach. sonoma, 84 degrees. 79 in oakland. 81 newark and 83 in fremont. danville, 87 degrees. 90 in antioch. 91 in brentwood. pittsburg, 89. central valley locations in the 80s and 90s. carmel valley a little bit cooler at the coast, 68 degrees. here a look ahead at the next seven days. another day like tomorrow, one
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of those beautiful weekends. then the cooldown starts and storm watch begins. i think they might see a few sprinkles north of san francisco. >> even the giants and a's are getting involved to help the victims of the san bruno fire. giants are tired for first place. more in sports. >> the last time jonathan sanchez faced the padres he guaranteed a win but he failed last night. sanchez walked 7 in his five innings and struck out four. this is in part due to great
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defense. uribe guns the first for the out. scoreless game all the way up to the 7th. relay to first, not in time. padres complete the bl double play. brian wilson, who second save. giants go in with a tie for first place with a 1-0 win. >> first batter of the game, give me that thing, occupy and over and bringing it back to the yard. oakland gets susuki. this is going to bounce off the wall. one scores. 2-0 oakland. next inning, barton provides the
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taken, plenty for trevor cahill. they are back to .500 for the season. it's fire appreciation night when the a's host boston. donations will aid the american red cross. giants with a similar function where they face the dodgers on tuesday. for all the information you need head to "abc 7 news".com. it's been 14 years since stanford beat ucla. they opened tonight and kind of struggling to find an identity. pistol offensive formation did very little. >> it's not just another game. there has been a great rivalry between ucla and stanford and
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rose ball is special place to play. we know we got our work cut out for us. >> cal opened pac-10 play, kind of. buffalos will be members of pac-10 conference, still yet to be determined. regardless of the affiliation, they will be tougher than uc davis was. >> even though we put up 52 we have a lot of errors, run game and pass game. this week's game is going to be big. colorado is a good team. >> pro level, niners open in seattle. tomorrow, new and improved raiders take on the titans. >> everybody has that, it's coming down. we want to come out and set the pace for the rest of year.
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>> sometimes we get overlooked but we understand it. we understand this is good football team. >> to tennis, at the u.s. open, serena williams routing in the day's other semifinal. sister venus taking on her opponent. she takes the first set 6-4, backhand winner and match point. women's final is later today. bmw championship, charlie is positioning himself as top leader. he is at minus six. next is four over was able to right the ship on 12, drains a
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27 foot arer for bird. tiger is nine shots back. >> mike shumann has more and highlights tonight at 11:00. have a great day everyone. >> coming up next, how the slow down in the economy is putting the brakes on san francisco's tourist attractions. first, a look at the devastation in san bruno. >> the season premiere of "oprah." oprah: with john travolta. >> and -- oprah: i had no idea. >> ahh. >> plus, one of the biggest surprises in "oprah show" history. next "oprah."
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neighborhood devastated by a gas pipeline explosion are hoping to get word today to get in and assess the damage. news crews got a quick look at the devastation. >> this is ground zero and this pipeline is what started it all. a piece of the 30-inch pipeline fits the middle of the intersection. the explosion was so strong it blew out of ground. they have been inspecting the pipe all day. still no word on what caused the high pressure pipe gas line to rupture but 378 homes were destroyed. inspectors have been going from home to home, at least what is left of them. others are still standing. those with little or no damage have been marked but others have
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been red-tagged. brian is frustrated and he wants to see his house but officials are not letting people take a look just yet. >> i don't know why. >> but with smoldering ruins and crews working in the middle of the street, emergency officials have been letting people back in the area fire officials say this is the worst they've seen. a melted headlight for this car showing how extreme the temperatures were. >> i haven't seen anything like this before. >> the city manager there is no guarantees but residents could be allowed back in as early as today. city officials have listed addresses of homes that have been damaged or destroyed. find the list also at
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www.abc7.com. investigators will send search teams back in to make sure there are no more new victims. four people are dead, 52 others injured including eight this critical condition. 37 homes were destroyed and eight others were seriously damaged. they revised those numbers downward after the smoke cleared. lisa amin gulezian has more on the investigation the. >> n.t.s.b. is now in charge. investigation one day after the massive explosion in san bruno, homeowners are still shut out of their neighborhoods. they no power, water or gags and there is a sewage problem. >> i feel they are responsible for it. >> judy is evacuee and she is angry and she blames pg&e for the explosion.
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many say they reported a gas smell there for weeks. >> we smelled it for three weeks and multiple phone calls from different houses. peg is really good at whitewashing. >> n.t.s.b. has heard the same reports. >> one of the things we'll do is to interview anybody who has claimed they nationwide a gas odor. >> there are very upset customers of pg&e? >> there are. and that is why the xhuingts that we serve we're partnering to bringing in experts bringing for the needs of the community. >> there will be a townhall meeting for the entire community today at 2:00 at the catholic church here. >> now some of the folks who live in san bruno say they've been smelling gas long before
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the explosion. >> about a week ago, it smelled like gas. >> we asked pg&e about those concerns? >> there are lot of reports that people smelled gas for some time. >> i've heard that but now that n.t.s.b. is here, i can't comment on that. >> pg&e says it has insurance that could cover billion dollars in damage by this explosion. without admitting blame, pg&e sent a filing to the sec says the costs could exceed the company's one billion dollars insurance liability and sent stock down. >> four people are in the burn center and it's best equipped to handle the serious injuries. >> all patients are in critical condition. three patients have burns over 50% of their persons. another person has 40 am burn.
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>> frightening and traumatic for four people and families. the problems of complex. >> first thing is resuscitating the patient and make sure they are stable. next stage is removing non-viable tissue and then next stage is taking skin from one part of the body and putting it on the burned area. >> the call for the blood is beings answered. so many people have donated at the blood centers of the pacific it's asking attorneys to hold off for a few days. >> we're pretty much at capacity. most of our centers have a two hour wait time. we are asking them to postpone their donations for now. >> now, stanford medical center, that is a different story. folks down there, they still an
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immediate need for blood and will be accepting donations today. >> the mad rush to evacuate and save their lives, some people had no choice to leave behind their pets. workers for humane society went door to door and recovered 16 to 20 animals in san bruno. the owners know they are there. >> these are animals we know their owners for them. the owners know their pets are here. we are providing temporary care until they can get into housing that are pet friendly. >> some stay for a short time but they are prepared to care for them up to one month. >> pg&e has made a one million contribution to assist the kind of charity groups is that are helping out. wells fargo has contributed $50,000 specifically to the red cross. if you want to help, here is local phone numbers for you. there is an e-mail link if you prefer on our website.
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salvation army accepting contributions there, 1-800-725-2769. they ever several drop-off sites, as well. find this information on our website at www.abc7.com. what you can see on tv is kristine hanson is the story of sunshine and rain. >> they are far apart for the time being bee but we have a lot going on. >> mount tam, take a look, 67 degrees. >> it's beautiful. >> it is beautiful and 40s and 50s, there is the city in the distance. you can see the bay bridge and looking at a little bit of fog. we'll have your temperatures and tell you what is ahead for sunday as well coming up. >> first, local firefighters tell us what they were up against as they battled the san
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at the san bruno explosion and fire, several factors hindered fire fighting efforts. it ruptured a water main. it took about half an hour to reroute the water main. in the meantime, they were searching for the nearest working hydrant a few thousands feet away. >> we loaded the hose on our shoulder, pulled it down through backyards and kicked through several fences. it wasn't just us, we had help from the public and pd. everybody was running a very help title hand. >> san bruno fire chief says given the extent of the fire, he is not sure a swifter response would have made that much of a difference. joining us now, kristine hanson, talking about the sunshine yesterday and today.
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>> the after nine months of unusually cool and well below normal readings. it felt like a heat wave. >> it did. >> that is normal, whatever is normal is here but -- no, i didn't. [ laughter ] >> first thing looking across the bay, very blue picture, a few clouds and a little bit of gray skies with some fog at the coast but most of that has given way for sunshine. so this morning we're starting to see clearing. 48 in no ja to and temperatures across the bay, in the 60s. 61 mountain view and san jose with 63 in los gatos.
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beautiful day in the central valley and along the delta. 60 in antioch. 48 in novato. >> cloud cover this morning giving way to sunshine, nice and warm this afternoon. 70s and 80 a's for most of us. a few low 90s popping up. cooler weather pattern moves across the region producing clouds and slightly cooler weather but very comfortable weather inland. there is the storm track north of us. quiet on the horizon as we look out to the west. warm days will continue through the weekend, late summer and early fall with light northwest winds. fog is there this morning and still there as we're talking about a little bit especially in the monterey bay this morning and some reduced visibility there. things are improving. a nice warm day in the south bay. 86 in south bay and sunnyvale,
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85 if santa clara, menlo park, 82 degrees. 85 in los altos. half moon bay, 66 degrees. and sunset clear, golden gate park, 77 degrees and so many festivities going on in the wine country. low to mid-80s. we'll start to creep in the mid to upper 70s. across the bay, low 80s, good visibility and mostly sunny skies. 90 antioch and 91 watsonville and monterey, 61 degrees. there is the seven-day outlook and we're too far out for us to get to it but still nice and beautiful weather, cool weather
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but next storm system that we think is producing rain is coming early in the week next week. >> it will be small drops. >> little drops. >> thanks so much. >> for families that live in the city a trip to the farm can be a day of discovery. farmers are turning to tourists to educate. bay area city folks are heading to the country. >> jenna started giving tours her dairy farm last spring. >> its family owned guess. >> tori teachings them to pick their own apples. >> you just twist it and it will come off in your hand. >> a few miles away, visitors can actually stay overnight. they get a nice place and a close-up look at farm life.
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this group came from san francisco. >> we're here for a bachelorette party, valerie. >> instead of drinking and gambling they got to check out goats and check out a real life hen house. >> all these farms are in sonoma county, a leader in the growing agra tourism business. >> people come from all over the world but there are many people who just come from san francisco or sacramento. its short drive to us. its an easy weekend. >> it started with wine tasting. now, the university of california small farm program that the idea is catching on with all kinds of agriculture. it's good for the local economy. >> generally there is a great stillover from agratourism
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business. >> the small funds program has a book for pharmacisters on how to get started and website to find farms and an outreach campaign, with slogans, you've seen disneyland, now visit the other california. >> this family from oakland had a great time picking black ber rigs and apples. >> it's important for people to know where their food comes from that it actually grows on trees. >> at this dairy, visitors can milk a cow the old-fashioned way and then they see how they are milked these days.
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>> all farmers are suffering from large scale farms but this is small, organic and lots of hands on interaction. they hope tourists will improve their image. >> we need to tell our side of the story, that we're taking care of the animals. that we're doing a good job. >> and the tours help sell products. diary has tasting of organic butter. they've got sweatshirts and shopping bags for sale. gabriel farms has more traditional and you can eat your blackberries over yogurt. >> some visitors drive from farm to farm. others just pick one and spend time there. either way the survey shows that almost 2.35 million people a year are making these kinds of
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visits to california farmgs. -- farms. >> we have lots of resources to help you find a farm. click on see it on tv at www.abc7.com. one website is getting allot of attention. attention. allows you whether tox set your pace to island time. rich chocolate over creamy coconut.
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a programming note for you, rookie blue did not air because are oncoming ever going coverage of explosion. will it air tonight.
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we want to show you a website that has become popular. national pipeline mapping system makes it possible to see if there is a gas transmission line under your street. we have a link to it at www.abc7.com, but you may have to wait. the site has been slow because so many people are going on it to see if there is a pipeline where they live. the economy brakes on summer travel season. that is not good for san francisco. next, how san francisco's [ male announcer ] have something you love doing? cheerios could be your ticket to do it. big time. you could win a once in a lifetime chance to live your passion by choosing from t never-dreamed-possible prizes. from a customized v.i.p. vacion, to a hollywood red carpet experience,
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san francisco a tourist mecca around the world but has vic lee explains, as big as off. >> san francisco $7.8 billion tourism industry is taking a crooked road to recovery. people are still coming to the premiere tourist does he say e designation. >> there is a lot of culture and visually stimulating. >> hotel occupancy has increased every month since last year, but describes tors are not spending as much money. she works for fisherman's grotto and he says in the old days the back room would be filled with tourists. >> a lot more come to our stand and come inside but look for
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cheaper prices. >> crab cracker says yes, he has been busy but business could be much better. >> it hasn't been back in the day it would be packed every day in the summer. >> chinatown merchants say there is a lot of window shoppers. katie closed hollywood 1 because of the lack of business. >> you see people, but they don't spend money. >> kurt says business has been down. >> i'm not sure because the way the weather has been or they are not spending too much. >> san francisco international airport that they this 13% more visitors and hotel recalls what one guest told them. they said we could never buy in
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in europe. >> but this may be the best barometer of tourist business. >> i used to make $200 or $300 a day but now i make about $50 a day. >> busiest most are august through october when the convention season starts and merchants are saying that business is already picking up. >> how about weather in 15 seconds. >> take a look, temperatures today, a very comfortable, san francisco a little bit of fog 60s there, 90 in the delta and nice and warm for the rest of the weekend with readings in the 90s, 70s and 80s around the bay tomorrow. >> college football and nascar this afternoon and evening, next newscast at 11:00 followed by rookie blue. have a great day and take a
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toaster strudel. the one kids want to eat. and these arthe ones you'll love on a tuesday. pillsbury crescent dogs, with just a few ingredients, you have an easy to make dinner. they're crescents r the other 364. try them tonight. yeah. you must really care about him. what? no, no. you gave him fiber. no she didn't. this tastes way too good to be fiber. they're delicious crunchy clusters with sweet honey and half a day's worth of fiber. you care about my fiber? not really. i care about youfiber too. i have for while. ok, carl. why don't you care about her fiber? hey carl.